For Your Sunday Talk Pleasure

ABC “This Week” — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

CBS “Face the Nation” — Senior White House adviser David Axelrod; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

NBC “Meet the Press” — Pre-empted by coverage of the French Open tennis tournament.

Since Meet the Press is off I’d put my money on Face the Nation being the best watch of the morning. What will Newt say next?! Judge Sotomayor, foreign policy, and health care are sure to be topics of the morning.

Colin Powell Still Republican and More

Colin Powell appeared on Face the Nation this morning. Powell addressed many issues of the day including the future of the GOP, torture, and Gitmo. I’d like to draw attention to his comments on the GOP and Gitmo.

You may remember about two weeks ago Dick Cheney said, on Face the Nation, that Colin Powell had already left the Republican Party. Cheney said Powell’s endorsement of Mr. Obama in the election showed his true side.. “I assumed that that is some indication of his loyalty and his interest,” Cheney said. Cheney also commented that Rush Limbaugh is a better representation of the Republican Party than Powell.

Well until Powell comes out and says he switches parties then he’s still a Republican.

from CBS

“I am still a Republican. I’d like to point out that in the course of my 50 years of voting for presidents, I have voted for the person I thought was best qualified at that time to lead the nation. Last year I thought it was President-now Barack Obama,” Powell said.

Powell shows yet again why I respect him a great deal. He votes his conscious, not party lines. Shouldn’t that be what America is about? The best person for the job? Powell gets it. These words mean a great deal to moderates out there tired of their parties being hi-jacked by extremist nut-jobs. Do the research. Vote for you believe will do the best job, regardless of party lines.

Powell chastised President Obama’s handling of Guantanamo.

from CBS

“I think President Obama didn’t handle it very well by going up to the Congress and asking for $80 million without a plan. And by, frankly, giving enough time to opponents of it to marshal their forces as to why we shouldn’t do this,”

Powell said he has told President Obama all of his concerns and worries that the president gave his opponents too much time to react to the plan. He hopes that the politicizing of the decision will start to die down.

Acording to Powell, Bush wanted to close Gitmo during his presidency. Bush was unable to close the deal on how to properly execute the closure, something Obama is struggling with now. Powell uses this as a jumping point to smash Cheney again.

from CBS

“Mr. Cheney is not only disagreeing with President Obama’s policy. He’s disagreeing with President Bush’s policy. President Bush stated repeatedly to international audiences and to the country that he wanted to close Guantanamo. The problem he had was he couldn’t get all the pieces together,” Powell said.

That wraps a great interview from a personal favorite of mine. Any thoughts on the GOP, party politics, Gitmo, Powell, or anything else?

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Nightly News Roundup – Obama Interview, Car Sales, Protests, Property Taxes, Fairpoint Email, Triathalon Sellout

NBC – Obama screwed up

CBS – Auto sales in crapper

ABC – Protestin’ all over the world

WCSH6 – Silver lining to some?

WGME13 – Email Uh-Oh

WMTW8 – Love for the ladies

Nightly News Roundup – Salmonella, Economic Downturn,

ABC: Killer peanuts

NBC: Incredible shrinking economy

CBS: Big ol Gov

WMTW8: 60 for Okie

WCSH6: Vandals strike

WGME13: Stranger danger

Nightly News Roundup – Obama’s Numbers, Stimulus, Pilot Party

NBC: 68%?! Can’t you do better than that?

ABC: Behold! Obama’s stimulus plan is here.

CBS: Party for Hudson Hero

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NBC: Nosey Housekeeper tattles on Caroline Kennedy

CBS: My Maine man going to Mid-East to hit them with peace!


ABC: Merrill Lynched

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ABC: Obama says, “Gitmo has got to go!”

NBC: Clinton A’OK for SoS

CBS: Obama’s Busy Day by Richard Scary

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NBC: Inauguration! Inauguration! Inauguration!

ABC: All aboard the Obama Express

CBS: America loves Obama says CBS. This young man says CBS wins the award for most obvious reporting.

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ABC: Cheney makes the understatement of his political career

CBS: Obama pledges to do what Elmer Fudd couldn’t

NBC: Steve Jobs is not an android…yet

Katie Couric Not Center of Universe – Sarah Palin And Media Responsibility


Even after the election was over people still couldn’t get enough of Sarah Palin. The circus side show that is Sarah Palin continues to make headlines. A soon to be released documentary entitled “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected.” contains an interview with Palin. Sarah Palin makes it abundantly clear in the interview that she is still bitter she did not remain a media darling throughout the election.

Palin targeted CBS reporter Katie Couric in her interview for the documentary. For those who don’t remember, Couric had asked Palin in an interview during the election season what newspapers and magazines she read, a pretty basic question. Palin couldn’t answer except to say “anything and everything”. Katie Couric told David Letterman after the election that she was disappointed no one followed up in future interviews. “Katie, you’re not the center of everyone’s universe,” replied Palin.

Palin blamed what she called unfair coverage on the old ghost of media biased along with classism and sexism. Palin apparently took Couric’s question on what she read as an attack on those “folks up there in Alaska”, inferring that perhaps Katie meant they didn’t read at all.

“To me the question was more along the lines of: Do you read? What do you guys do up there? What is it that you read? And perhaps I was just too flippant in my answer back to her…”

Palin also questioned the media’s coverage of Caroline Kennedy in an obvious attempt at class warfare.

“I’ve been interested also to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she’ll be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope also. It’s gonna to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

The coverage of Caroline Kennedy has been fair. I have seen many questions raised to her qualifications as a senator on the blogs of The Moderate Voice and Donklephant as well as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post have all reported fairly on Kennedy and not always favorably.

Frankly, I enjoy Sarah Palin. She has led me to put “SY” on descriptors of myself, though the only thing folksy about me is perhaps my large beard. Palin has spawned some of the best SNL in over five years. Unlike Ann Coulter who makes me sick when she speaks, Sarah Palin gives me a delightful chuckle. Perhaps that is why she scares me ten times more than the obvious looming right wing specter of Coulter.